By Martin Mawyer
and Alec Rooney
Donald Trump is not bigoted, he’s not racist, and he’s not (here’s an old favorite) acting like Hitler.
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Donald Trump is a dealmaker, and what he did this week was epic. He offered a solution to Islamic terrorism. It’s not a complete solution, but it’s a workable one. He did it the way a dealmaker does.
When Trump talks about banning Muslims from entering the United States, it is not a short-sighted, knee-jerk ban for all eternity. Dealmakers don’t work that way, because the real world doesn’t work that way. It is only a ban for now. Until certain conditions are met.
Trump stated those conditions when he paraphrased his own campaign statement in his notorious Dec. 7 speech:
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
Anyone who has raised children (successfully) knows that the best tool of discipline is coercion. It’s not doing bad things to your kids when they do bad things. It’s simply taking away a good thing or two, or three, until their behavior improves. It is taking away a privilege.
The United States offers an enormous privilege to the entire world: Access to itself. Hate on the U.S. all you like, but people have always wanted to come here, continue to want to come here, and will keep on doing so for the foreseeable future.
Why is that privilege not something that can be suspended, until certain behavior improves?
Islam has a behavior problem — a very big one. A significant number of its believers feel the need and the freedom to kill innocent people by surprise. (One thing is for certain. Had Trump's proposed policy been in place before the murderous Tashfeen Malik entered the United States on a bogus fiancee visa, 14 people would still be alive in San Bernardino.)
It’s a problem too big and complex and emotional for the United States to solve. It isn’t so big and complex, however, that the United States can’t set up the conditions to get it solved. What Trump is really saying with the words:
until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,
until you kids can figure out what constitutes civilized behavior.
Strangely, the pearl-clutching media reaction to Trump’s ultimatum mirrors the reaction of many parents to the suggestion that they can discipline their children by taking away candy. Taking away dinner. Taking away access to the family car. Changing the WiFi password.
Why, that’s mean! That’s child abuse!
No, it isn’t. It’s dealmaking, from a position of power, for the greater good of all, so that we can all enjoy a new, more mature state of freedom.
So shut the gates. Take away the privilege of entry into the United States for members of a religious/legal/political system (Islam) that has made itself feared and controversial. Throw the problem into the laps of the countries where the majority subscribes to this system. Let concerned Muslims already inside the United States advise and work with them, and come up with a convincing argument that the ban should be lifted.
So peer right through the haze of emotion and media hysteria. Make it their problem, is what Donald Trump is saying.
And then watch how quickly they solve it.
Martin Mawyer is the Founder and President of Christian Action Network, a non-profit public advocacy and education group based in Lynchburg, Virginia since 1990. He began his career as a freelance journalist and has authored several books, including “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.” He has produced a number of documentary films, including “Europe’s Last Stand – America’s Final Warning” and “Homegrown Jihad.” Mawyer has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Larry King Live, Pat Robertson’s 700 Club, NBC’s Today Show, Entertainment Tonight and Fox and Friends. His latest book, “Twilight in America,” co-authored by Patti A. Pierucci, details the activities of Islamic camps scattered throughout the United States operated by The Muslims of America.
Alec Rooney serves as communications director for the Christian Action Network. He is a longtime journalist, with experience as a writer and editor at five daily newspapers over 25 years. An award-winning print copy editor and copy desk chief, he also works as a freelance academic book editor. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and holds an M.A. in English from the University of Kentucky.